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10 Activities to do this fall in Pittsburgh (at a distance)

Among the pumpkins to pick and local ciders to drink – there are a handful of other Pittsburgh fall activities we’ve rounded up into this handy guide

by Carly Luitgaarden
October 23, 2020

It’s mid-October. The leaves are falling and temperatures are starting to drop. There are pumpkins to pick and ciders to drink. So many fall activities to do and so little time!

Here are 10 things to do this fall while still staying safe and socially distanced.

Pumpkin Picking at Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards is 20 minutes north of the city and is the perfect destination for your fall excursion. After you pick your pumpkin from the patch, you can treat yourself to a cup (or growler) of Arsenal cider. You can shop their market and see the farm animals, too. Among other precautions, Soergels is vowing to keep their staff and customers safe by limiting the amount of people in the pumpkin patch and apple orchard.

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Apple Picking at Simmons Farm

Pick your own apples for a tasty apple pie at Simmons Farm this fall! About 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Simmons Farm has pumpkins to pick as well as a corn maze and hayrides. The farm has been working hard to continue their fall traditions while keeping visitors safe during COVID. They provide sanitizing stations as well as limit the amount of people on each hayride.

Enjoy a Craft Beer and a Caramel Apple at Trax Farms

Purchase a pack of craft beer or a bottle of wine during your visit to Trax Farms, and take it along with you as you enjoy the beautiful views of the farm on your hayride! While you’re enjoying all that Trax Farms has to offer from their pumpkin patch to their corn maze, be sure to try their cider slushie and caramel apples. Trax Farms says is committed to the safety of its visitors and is offering spaced out seating to enjoy your snacks. Trax Farms is also about 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh.

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Take a hike at Schenley Park

Schenley Park is a gorgeous city park with several trails to walk and hike. With over 450 acres, Schenley Park is the perfect place to take a picnic and surround yourself with the fall foliage. While you’re at the park, be sure to check out the Westinghouse Memorial that includes a lilypond and a beautiful landscape of plants.

Check out Phipps Conservatory’s Fall Flower Show

When you’re done with your stroll enjoying the autumn colors at Schenley Park, walk over to Phipps Conservatory for their Fall Flower Show: The Poetry of Nature. The display showcases jewel-toned mums and a wide assortment of other fall florals. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance to tour Phipps and enjoy this arrangement! This display is open until Nov. 1.

McConnells Mill State Park

McConnells Mill is about 40 miles north of the city and the fall views at the park are breathtaking. Take a moderately easy hike along the stream to take in the amazing colors of fall while also admiring waterfalls, large boulders, and scenic overlooks. Bring a picnic along and enjoy your lunch as you watch the rapid beneath you.

Cheers to fall with a glass (or growler) at Arsenal Cider House

One of the best places to get cider in Pittsburgh is Arsenal Cider. Arsenal was the first cidery to open in Western Pennsylvania. While you can get Arsenal at Soergels and Trax Farms, you can also visit their original cider house in Lawrenceville. Grab a growler and hang out in their cider garden.

Treat Yourself to a Local Pumpkin Beer

It’s finally that time of year where everything is pumpkin flavored, including beer! Head to one of Pittsburgh’s local breweries to try out a pumpkin ale. A few Pittsburgh favorite breweries to try are Church Brew Works, Penn Brewery’s Northside Location and Hitchhiker.

Check out our full list of Pittsburgh pumpkin beers.

Create a pumpkin scented candle at The Candle Lab

Why buy a pumpkin spice candle when you can make your own? The Candle Lab in Lawrenceville is such a fun fall activity and will leave your home smelling amazing. The Candle Lab says it’s committed to keeping its staff and customers safe by limiting the number of people in the store at once and are requiring reservations to make a candle at the Fragrance Bar.

Create your own Fall Decor at Board & Brush

Grab your pals and a paintbrush this Fall and attend a Board & Brush workshop in Richland Township. You will have the opportunity to create your own Fall Decor from painting pumpkins and apples on a wooden board, to painting Halloween designs on totes. Take a peek at the upcoming calendar and Book a workshop. Pittsburgh North Board & Brush Creative Studio requires all customers to wear a face mask while attending a workshop.

Carly has lived in the Pittsburgh area all of her life and is the owner of, a fashion and lifestyle blog that gives trend inspiration on a budget. She graduated from with her master’s degree in communications and has a passion for writing. Some of Carly’s favorite things to do include shopping at local boutiques, DIY crafts and projects, and going on adventures with her Newfoundland, Samson.

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